Well, as stated in a previous post, I like Juan Pablo, a.k.a. the main man on this season’s “The Bachelor.” Or, I used to like him a lot more until I read this Buzzfeed article on his views on homosexuality. Apparently, he doesn’t think gay or bisexual men should be featured as a Bachelor because it’s not a good example for kids to watch that on TV.
Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples… Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed… It is confusing in a sense. But I respect them because they want to have kids. They want to be parents. So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.
To top it all off, he ended his statement saying he finds gay people to be “more perverted.” I’m sorry, but “The Bachelor” in general is not a good show for kids to be watching, regardless of the sexual orientation of whoever the Bachelor is. Do you think it doesn’t mess with a kid’s mind to see one guy having all these sexual encounters with women he just met? Not only that, but he’s supposed to want to marry one of these women by the end of the show?
The whole “more perverted” thing is ridiculous because anybody going on this sort of show expecting to find legitimate love should really get themselves checked. The entire show is about being promiscuous, and while some relationships may come from the show (I don’t watch it enough to be sure), it, like most reality shows in general, sends a bad message about love, relationships, marriage, etc.
I used to like Juan Pablo a lot more, but after hearing these views, I just a lot of respect for this guy. I hope he gets a ton of backlash for this statement, and is willing to open his eyes a little more to the different types of people, relationships, and families that exist in the world.
UPDATE: It appears Juan Pablo has issued out an apology. While I’m glad he realized he upset a lot of people, there’s still something off about his apology. Here’s an excerpt from People, addressing his use of the word “pervert:”
“The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it,” he wrote. “Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself.”
“What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don’t let my daughter watch it. Once again, I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.”
I don’t know how anything gay people would do in the name of “affection” would be any more racy than what straight people already do on TV. Most reality shows have people making out on top of each other in hot tubs. I honestly want to know what Juan Pablo thinks would be more racy if gay people were doing it. You only need to look at the photos below to realize that Juan Pablo is being a TAD hypocritical.
Sorry, Juan Pablo. I’m glad you apologized, but it’s not really doing much for me.